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The following is a list of all entries from the Permaculture category.

Push Reel Lawn Mower – The New Generation

Yea! Some exercise!

Push Reel Lawn Mower – The New Generation

No fossil fuels mean you can smell better. Let’s leave some trees and dinosaurs where they lay. How do we Make a Choice to get a good return on investment for the good of all including ourselves? When we consider the health benefits of food and exercise, and clean air and water versus disease and death, it becomes obvious. Polyface Farms knows where it’s at.

 

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Recycling Plastic

PLASTICS RECYCLING: NOW MORE THAN EVER

Could recycled plastics be mixed with bioplastics in forming new products. Transition Vancouver is looking for ways to veer towards a carbon neutral earth.

Here is the way the town of Curitiba recycles in Brazil. More about the green city of Curitiba, Brazil. In this picture, the categories are paper, plastic, metal, glass and organics. Jamie Lerner initiated a sorting program over 10 years ago where people went through the waste to sort garbage, but here we are seeing the way they have evolved their waste system. Notice there is no trash can. Everything sorts into these 5 categories. Jaime Lerner sings of the city on TED.


Totem Salmon, Life Lessons from Another Species

totem_salmonBook: Totem Salmon by Freeman House, Life Lessons from another Species. Great read.

Poetic writing, beautifully describes the salmon lifecycle. Awakened in me a love of ancient wild salmon.

Book Review: House found himself banding with other like-minded citizens in an
effort to bring the once-prolific runs back.
Their organization fought for curbs on logging in the watershed and more restrictions for the way timber can be harvested (buffer zones along streams, for example). They planted vegetation on the banks to provide shade and added structure to the river for protection.

Totem Salmon is House’s memoir of
river stewardship. It’s also a blueprint for grassroots environmental
action. And finally, it is a well-crafted and lyrical piece of writing
that treats a regional problem with personal perspective and candor. –Langdon Cook

Amazon: Look Inside
See also Watershed Watch video.


Decentralization Design

We need to get down to get up.

Permaculture on a larger scale, smaller scale. We have big problems. Only by letting them go, can we dream of repairing our psyche, regenerating ourselves and our lives. Reduce consumption. Human have needed to so, maybe it is time that we have enough now to give back. It might not look like it, but having a garage full of ‘useless things”, piles of ‘junk” can still be seen as surplus and we can give all of these abundances away, not to the dump, but to reuse centers, and repair centers, through trade and barter. We can use online free sites to offer our unwanted goods, or excess building material to others nearby who might need it through sites such as freecycle. We can take advantage of local reuse centers such as those run by habitat for humanity, and get stagnant resources back into circulation. The world is abundant, if only we did not want so much.

A new flower is unfolding, and it is hiding everywhere. This week we are presenting about the Principle of Cooperation where cooperation not competition is the very basis of existing life systems and of future survival.

What does that look like?

Personal independence depends on co-operative human society….
only what we share gives us access to all necessary possessions.
~Bill Mollison

Permaculture is the use of ecology as the
basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing
appropriate technology and community development. It offers a practical,
creative approach to the problems of diminishing resources and threatened
life support systems now facing the world.
~Simon Henderson

The alternative is a design science revolution…
Design science produces so much performance
per unit of resource invested as to take care of all
human needs.
~Buckminster Fuller

flower

The Permaculture Flower, designed by David Holmgren, reprinted from “Permaculture: Pathways and Principles” by David Holmgren.


Permablitz

digging in the dirt

Permablitz Network

Vancouver Permaculture

Vancouver Permaculture at work.


Sugar Ethanol

Brazil Stays a Step Ahead on Sugar Ethanol

By Sam Hopkins | Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Brazil’s national oil company is sitting on an energy bonanza…

But while Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) has gotten tons of press for its deepwater offshore discoveries in the past two years, 80 billion barrels of undersea hydrocarbon potential doesn’t impress the Green Chip Stocks team.

Instead, this spring’s 87% investment increase in Petrobras’s sugar ethanol operations has us rapt.

Petroleo Brasileiro, as the company is officially named, has played a key role in the country’s Pro-Alcohol biofuel promotion program ever since the oil-shocked 70s. With skyrocketing prices and total reliance on foreign supply, the military government decided to develop domestic fuel alternatives.

A generation of dithering in “developed” countries has made Brazil, now a thriving democracy with the world’s 10th largest national economy, the envy of economic pacesetters like the U.S. and Japan.

Brazilian government officials and Petrobras execs now have the ears of Department of Energy officials in deciding what it takes to integrate biofuel throughout the energy economy.

And Petrobras is putting its money where its mouth is with a new business plan, spending 2.4 billion dollars to advance production both at home and abroad.

In fact, out of 3.6 billion liters of its output goal for 2013, 1.9 billion will go to foreign markets. That’s more than half of the target.

To achieve that by 2013, Petrobras will either build, enhance, or buy 7 ethanol and biodiesel plants.

A note from Shinymarble:
Sugar beets are the most fruitful for this purpose, and will support surrounding ecosystems best with Polyculture.


Lost Valley Sustainable Education Center

Lost Valley

Since 1989, Lost Valley Educational Center has been a place for learning, exploration, experimentation, and growth, through our educational programs, and also within our residential intentional community. Our programs include: the Ecovillage and Permaculture Institute, the retreat and conference facility with 120 beds plus camping, the Nature Center, the intern program, and various publications, including back issue sets of the journal Talking Leaves. Our residential community averages around 25 adult and child members, ages 6 to 65 (plus interns and others). LVEC uses a permaculture approach of ecological design and restoration to care-take our 87 beautiful acres of gardens, meadows, forests, pond, creek and trails. We are located 18 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon, 20 minutes off of I-5 via Route 58 on 87 beautiful acres of gardens, meadows, forests, pond, creek, and trails.

We are taking applications for our fall Permaculture Certification Program Sept. 29-Oct. 24.


Aprovecho, Education for Sustainable Living


Strawbale with Solar Oven

Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, OR

Garden

Fall Internship
Building local food networks, and the 100 Mile Diet

Sept. 1 – October 13

Learn to create a local food economy through the gathering and cultivation of food, forest, and fuel crops produced within 100 miles of the Aprovecho campus.

All of our programs combine lecture and discussion formats with practical, hands-on activities. We encourage a holistic understanding of each subject area that is grounded in specific experiences and enhanced by the broader intellectual perspectives available in our diverse learning environment.

from : the Aprovecho Media Page:

Watch

Video: Building a Rocket Stove

Video: How to Build an Insitutional Barrel Stove

Video: Shell Foundation- Breathing Space India

Video: “Rocket Science”

Video: Charcoal burning Rocket stove

Instructional Video: Building a VITA Stove

Listen

Ann Dornfeld’s (KLCC/NPR) report on
Cleaner Burning Cook Stoves

Download Publications

Design Principles for Wood Burning Cook Stoves
This manual covers the principles of Heat Transfer and Combustion Efficiency

Link: Cookstoves in Uttaranchal


Cob

Cob

Cob Cottage Company, Oregon

Cob Works

Natural Building Colloquium


What else is there besides a Strip mall?

Is anything else possible?
Do we have to live and work within ugly architecture? Let’s not

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
R. Buckminster Fuller

It is possible to build in such a way that the sun comes in a lot during the winter and not during the summer. It is called Passive Solar Building and what you need is to face your building toward the south. The way Soleri does it is he builds an apse which is a quarter sphere. The lower winter sun shines right in and the high summer sun stays out, the shade a cool place to be.

There are many techniques:
Green Building

Makes a great home or office:
Earthships
Earthships is an amazing place to visit and do an apprenticeship, internship or get a job. There is a small community of people building. They do some prefab, so construction at the site is faster.
These places use and reuse all of their water. It is categorized into gray water and black water. They grow a garden inside and outside the house, and make cisterns re-using bottles.

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic,
objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
R. Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients in hordes to their knees; Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.
R. Buckminster Fuller


Gaviotas – Colombian Sustainable Village

The Gaviotas Project in Columbia was started by Paolo Lugari because he knew that one day the population would rise so high that People would have live in the eastern wet desert region. He found was to sustain this community. He went to the University in Bogota to ask the students there to help him with his research. He found a tree which would grow there and has since planted 6 Million of these pine trees. The trees have brought birds which in turn have brought the rest of the forest within the seeds in their feces. Lugari and the people of Gaviotas have found that tapping the trees also bring resource to the community, something to sell in the marketplace. “Tapped like maple syrup, the natural resin is used in paints, cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines in lieu of petroleum-based substances. When distilled in Gaviotas’ pollution-free factory, its byproduct is marketable turpentine.” from Mother Jones

Wiki


Dockside Green

Model Community?
This one is pushing the envelope. This ‘Green Building’ uses biomass for fuel, and reclaims wasterwater on site. The website offers a lot: about the design. This is an Arcology, folks, in Victoria. Arcology, a termed coined by Italian architect Paolo Soleri, fuses the words Architecture and Ecology. The concepts of Arcolgy are: simplification, complexification, duration, miniturization, high-density, and multi-use buildings. Basically, everything you need in a walkable distance, within a closed system (or as closed as you can get these days). What helps to close this system, is the use of what is often called Permaculture: permanent agriculture, being used here in the form of biomass, wastewater reclaimation, wind and solar. Permaculture takes as much of the energy offered by the environment (sun, wind, water, methane), and seeks to keep that energy on site, creating a richer, and richer environment.
In Dockside Green, there is residential and office space, shops, a fitness center, artist live-work space, and a (kayak) dock. This is high end, as it is conveniently placed in an urban center, where land is expensive. For a much more affordable option, consider Arcosanti, Paolo’s Urban Laboratory, a city of 6,000 in the making.
One question remains: does Dockside offer rooftop access as Arcosanti does? There, every rooftop is accessible as a garden, a unique place above the city, or a way to get from one part of the city to another. If every rooftop were green. . . imagine the world.

docksidegreen.com


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